As the title suggested, I will be sharing what I’ve learned about myself and how I was challenged on my recent adventure at the Bali Treetop Adventures during my Learning Options study tour in Bali.
Just a quick rewind down memory lane - it almost felt like I was on a live Fear Factor TV show without the raw cow testicles as dessert. From walking on a rope, climbing a rope spider web to swinging like Tarzan, definitely not something for the faint-hearted or one with acrophobia. The best part of this adventure was probably the adult flying fox, which didn't happen very often as you proceed up the circuit levels. Even then, I was screaming like an actual fox has abducted me.
Anyways - I digress.
Despite a very fatigue biceps & forearms muscles (more on that later) and a rather nice tan, I have learnt 3 important lessons on mindset and teamwork from this Treetop Adventure.
3 important lessons on mindset and teamwork from Bali Treetop Adventure
THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAMWORK AND SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE.
I wouldn't have been able to complete the circuits without the support and encouragement from the team. Lucky for me, I had 2 girls ahead of me and 1 after me. That means, I was constantly being supported and encouraged throughout the entire circuit. Similarly, it does not matter how capable or how smart you are, there will be moments or projects where support and teamwork is required.
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
Whether you are an employee or a business owner, surround yourself with people who will lift you up, encourage you and believe in you even when you don't. Sometimes, all you need is that extra push from your team or tribe to take that next step!
TREAT EVERY OBSTACLE OR CHALLENGE WHERE GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO MOVE FORWARD.
This is probably the most important lesson that I took away from the entire tour.
To give you a little background info - My endorphins were pumping from overcoming my fear of height thanks to the team’s support and I was set on conquering the (most difficult) Black Circuit. However, a couple of obstacles into the Red Circuit (the level below Black), I was stuck for a good 5 minutes. As you can see from the video below, I look like I was performing some sort of gymnastic kung fu stunt. My fear has kicked in and took me straight into panic mode, my arms and upper body were fatigue from grabbing the rope so tightly (in hindsight, I could have just let go and let the harness take me across like a flying fox), I wanted to give up and get down. To my dismay, I quickly realised that no one could really "save me" or take me down until I am at the other end of the obstacle. I had no choice but to suck it up, bit my lips (not literally), make it till the other end and Tarzan swing across before I could get off.
It is almost a reflex reaction and human instinct to give up when things get tough or uncomfortable. However, there will be occasions where giving up is not an option (such as being stuck mid obstacle, in the between trees), you will have no choice but keep moving forward.
“Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown” - Rose Perot
Treat every obstacle or challenge where giving up is not an option; get comfortable with being uncomfortable and the only direction you will move towards to is forward.
YOUR MIND IS LIKE YOUR MUSCLE, THE MORE YOU WORK IT, THE BETTER AND STRONGER YOU GET.
Your brain is similar to your muscles, in order to keep fit, you have to constantly work and challenge it!
Just like my fear of height, the more I advanced through the circuit, the more comfortable and less nervous I felt - until I hit that killer obstacle.Despite that, I have now taken a new found interest in rock climbing, in order to overcome my fear of height and to work on my "challenge yourself" mindset.
You don’t just wake up one day and become resilient, fearless, confident and determined. It takes many obstacles, challenges and experience to build those traits into your DNA. You are equipped with stronger mental strength and courage each time you stand up after each fall.
As the saying goes, what doesn’t break you makes you stronger.
“The mind is just like a muscle - the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” - Idowu Koyenikan
Who would have thought to take away such great learnings from a Treetop Adventure, which can be applied both in my day-to-day life and my business?
My challenge for you today is - sign up for that activity or program that you’ve been wanting to do but fear got in the way! Grab a friend, partner or family to do with you if required, you can never have too much support and encouragement!